Girls on top as Rascal whizzes in

Thu 8th Sep 2016, 17:13

photoWhizzzey Rascal (Lisa O'Neill) is clear at the last
©Healy Racing Photos
By Alan Magee
Whizzzey Rascal was given a fine ride from the front by Lisa O’Neill to take the Kilsheelan Mares Maiden Hurdle at Clonmel.

The 11/4 joint favourite jumped well for O’Neill, recording her 14th career victory, and stayed on strongly in the straight.

The Liz Doyle-trained mare was six and a half lengths clear at the line, with Kiera Royale holding on for second just a head in front of the other joint favourite Rosshaven Lady.

Whizzzey Rascal, a half-sister to star dual-purpose performer Clondaw Warrior, was also prominent throughout when landing a bumper at Downpatrick last year.

Doyle said, "I'm delighted as she was scoping dirty all summer and I couldn't get her to scope clean.

"She's a half-sister to Clondaw Warrior and will probably go to the Tattersalls Broodmare Sale in November.

"We'll try and nick some black-type before then and there's a three-mile handicap hurdle at Gowran for her but I don't know if she will get into it. She is what she is at this stage but getting black-type would help her in November."

(TW & AM)

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